Nicaragua: Bank credit to the private sector

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Bank credit to the private sector as percent of GDP

 Latest value 26.16
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1960 - 2022
 Average 24.43
 Min - Max 11.27 - 55.24
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for Nicaragua from 1960 to 2022. The average value for Nicaragua during that period was 24.43 percent with a minimum of 11.27 percent in 1989 and a maximum of 55.24 percent in 1982. The latest value from 2022 is 26.16 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 148 countries is 54.21 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Nicaragua - Bank credit to the private sector - Recent values chart

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Nicaragua - Bank credit to the private sector - historical chart - 1960-2022

Bank credit in Nicaragua and other countries is defined as the credit extended by the banking institutions to the private sector only: both firms and households. It does not include lending to the government.

Credit is essential for the economy to function well. It funds new investments and allows people to purchase houses, cars, and other items. Of course, excessive lending and borrowing usually end up in financial crises but, in principle, credit availability is good for economic development.

If the banking credit to the private sector is about 70 percent of GDP and more, then the country has a relatively well developed financial system. The amount of credit can even exceed 200 percent of GDP in some very advanced economies. In some poor countries, the credit could be less than 15 percent of GDP. In these countries, firms and households essentially do not have access to credit for investment and various purchases.
Definition: Domestic credit to private sector by banks refers to financial resources provided to the private sector by other depository corporations (deposit taking corporations except central banks), such as through loans, purchases of nonequity securities, and trade credits and other accounts receivable, that establish a claim for repayment. For some countries these claims include credit to public enterprises.

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 Liquid liabilities, percent of GDP 31.41 2021 percent
 Bank assets to GDP 29.60 2021 percent
 Financial system deposits, percent of GDP 33.13 2021 percent
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 Foreign bank assets 39.00 2012 percent of total bank assets
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